My new nephew’s story

My brother called to tell me that my sister’s contractions are already 5 minutes apart. We hurried home and then brought her to the nearest hospital. Since they don’t have the money to spend for her delivery. I told my father that I’ll be bringing her to the public hospital. First, we brought her to the Ospital ng Maynila. She was rejected because the nurse at the ER said that they don’t have enough OB-Gynes on duty to take care of her. In fact, a lot of their OB patients have transferred because they are not being attended to by the doctors on duty. I couldn’t blame them but I was really disappointed with the way that my sister was rejected – considering that she’s only a couple of minutes away from delivery.

Hubby suggested that we try San Juan De Dios Hospital which was only about 5 minutes away from OM. When we got to the ER, I was told that since she didn’t have her pre-natal check-up in the hospital, she has to be admitted as a private patient. Okay, I don’t have that money to pay for a private admission so I decided to transfer her to another hospital. Hubby suggested that we try Pasay City General Hospital so I told him to make a go for it. Anyway, it was only 10 minutes away so it was still okay.

When we got there, we were told that there should only be one companion for each patient. Being the one who was in charge with the bill, I readily accompanied my sister while hubby, Gian and Via waited for me outside of the hospital. I was disillusioned at the sight of a lot of people going in and out of the ER. When we got to the OB section, there was a patient there who was being reprimanded by the doctor because she took Cytotek and is having episodes of profuse bleeding. The doctor told the patient that she was successful in aborting the baby. The OB performed an IE on the patient while I helped my sister sign forms. After the IE, the doctor told the other patient that they would need about 4-5 thousand to have the D & C performed on her but the catch was they would need to have to file a blotter with the NBI about the incident because that is already the SOP for women who induced their abortion. The girl’s aunt said that they don’t have the money and she thinks that it is not fair to have the incident reported. The doctor explained to them several times the implications of what the girl did. I saw the aunt in tears while the girl was pale and speechless.

After the OB “got rid” of her first patient, she examined my sister and told me to buy all the other stuff that they need for the operation. I was informed that we would be spending 2-3 thousand pesos for a normal delivery. But if they see that my sister couldn’t deliver through normal means, it would be another 5-7 thousand for a caesarian operation. I only had enough for normal delivery so I told my sister that she needs to deliver via NSD or else, she and her baby will be stuck in that damned hospital.

I had to buy all the medicines and stuff that will be used at the drugstore in front of the hospital. Take note, the doctor told me that if I buy it somewhere else, she would return it and we’ll have to buy those again. I followed the doctor’s orders to the letter so as to facilitate everything that needed to be done. When I got back, I was surprised that the doctor went out and was nowhere to be found. And then my sister’s water bag broke. I approached the nurse’s station and informed the nurse (who happened to be a lesbian) of the situation. I went back to my sister and she was already writhing in pain. When I saw that her water was already flowing down her legs and her shorts was all drenched, I ran hurriedly to the nurse’s station once again and informed the nurse that my sister was about to give birth. She hurriedly got a stretcher and then as if bragging about her “heroic” deed, she told me: “Hindi ko trabaho ‘to pero since ako lang ang nurse na andito, gagawin ko kasi manganganak na yang kasama mo!” She instructed me to lift my sister to the stretcher and even shouted at me and said: “Kumilos ka dyan! Walang tutulong sa kasama mo na manganak kundi ikaw lang! ‘Di ko trabaho ‘to kaya bilis-bilisan mo dyan!”

I wanted to throw the chair at the nurse but I was more concerned about my sister’s delivery. I know that it’s already critical when the bag of waters has burst during a delivery. I helped the nurse transport my sister to the second floor of the hospital where the delivery room was located. On our way there, I couldn’t help but puke at the smell of stinking hospital garbage that was just at the back of the ER. Now, talk about hygiene in a hospital.

I didn’t thank the nurse for the “heroic” deed that she did for my sister. The last thing I wanted to hear were those words that came out from her mouth considering that I just came from a vacation and I was on the road for at least 12 hours already.

At the delivery room, they gave me another list of medicines and things to buy at the drugstore and then I had to pay for some laboratory tests that they will be doing on my sister. I paid for everything and then waited for the news about my sister’s delivery. At 11:34 pm, she gave birth to her 4th baby boy. At least, my sister was able to deliver successfully and without any complications (considering that she didn’t take care of herself very well during her pregnancy).

I was instructed by the nurse to buy another set of things this time for the baby and some for the new mother. I bought the items on the list and then the nurse at the nursery gave me another paper with another list of things to buy. I wanted to shout and tell them to just list everything down so it’ll be just one trip to the drugstore and that will save me time and energy. I was already on the verge of collapsing – I was hungry, tired and drenched from the rains that kept pouring.

I went back to the delivery room and asked the nurse if I can already go home since it’s already past 12 midnight. And this was how the conversation went:

Nurse: (in a sarcastic tone) “Bakit ka uuwi? Walang magbabantay sa pasyente! Kelangan merong bantay yan! Walang mag-aasikaso dyan dito sa ‘min!”

Me: (in a sarcastic tone) “Baka naman ho pwede muna akong kumain atsaka meron hong papalit sa ‘kin na magbabantay kasi meron akong asawa’t anak na naghihintay sa ‘kin sa bahay!”

Nurse: “Bilhan mo na rin ng pagkain yung pasyente at walang pagkain dito sa ospital!”

Me: “Anong oras ho ba ililipat ng ward yung pasyente?”

Nurse: “Mga ala-una hanggang alas-dos! Kelangan merong tao dyan sa labas pag ililipat na yan kasi wala kaming mauutusan na maglipat ng pasyente sa kwarto!”

Me: “Okay.”

And then I went down to the lobby where hubby, Gian and Via were waiting for me.

We ate a late dinner at Chowking and bought noodles for my sister. I was so tired and was complaining to my husband who can only affirm everything that I went through inside the public hospital. He told me that that’s how everything goes in a public hospital and we can’t do anything about it.

I went back to the hospital and waited for hubby and my sister’s husband to come back. It was already past 1am and still no one was going out of the delivery room even after I buzzed them. I decided to smoke a couple of sticks outside of the hospital ER while waiting for my brother-in-law to arrive.

Shortly before 3 am, hubby and my brother-in-law arrived. I talked to the guard and told him that my brother-in-law will be the one to replace me in taking care of our patient. I tried to buzz the delivery room again for a nurse or doctor but no one came out so I just told my brother-in-law to wait for instructions from the doctor or nurse because we really need to get home.

Now I understand why there are a lot of people who don’t get out alive from public hospitals. It’s really such a pathetic realization for me. How I wish our legislators will do something about the plight of our public hospitals. If only there will be a bigger budget allocation for health and education then maybe people will have access to better health facilities and have better chances of getting well from their illnesses. I feel so blessed that I have the means to go to the better hospitals and have access to doctors who are sympathetic to my complaints and does everything to make me well. After this experience, I swore to myself never to set foot in a public hospital again – at least until the system gets better.


My vacation and then some…

Last Tuesday, I went to Lucban again with my Dad, my 2 brothers, Via, Dhong and hubby for another much-needed vacation. It was my father’s promise to my brother, Gian, that we will be going back to Lucban since the last time we went there, he wasn’t able to go because of his finals.

I woke up at around 4am that day and prepared for our early morning trip. I was glad that I wasn’t driving because I was really very sleepy. We left the house shortly after 7am and then made a stopover at the Shell station along SLEX to fill both cars with gas and grab some coffee at Starbucks. As usual, I got myself a tall latte with hazelnut syrup. The caffeine boost felt good as we cruised the rugged highway on our way to Sto. Tomas, Batangas for our breakfast.

Breakfast was so filling that I took a short nap on our way to Quezon. We arrived in Quezon before 11am. Lucban had an overcast sky when we got there but the clouds cleared shortly before lunchtime. We had a sumptuous lunch of pancit Lucban and longganisang Lucban at the nearby panciteria. We then went to the town church after lunch. It was bright and sunny and it was a great time for picture taking.

We went back to the hotel and had a couple of beers before going back to our rooms to rest. I woke up shortly before 4 and then we went to the town cemetery to look for my grandmother and my great grandmother’s tombs. It took us a while before we were able to find it. Papa had my grandmother’s tomb cleaned and painted. He couldn’t even remember when was the last time he visited. I saw him very happy. We learned from my aunt that my great grandmother’s remains have been put inside the tomb of a cousin of mine. We left the cemetery shortly before 6pm then we all had dinner at the carinderia near the church. We then went back to the hotel to cap the night with a couple of beers and wine and more picture taking. The rains never stopped that night.

On our second day in Lucban, the weather was very unpredictable. It was raining when we woke up and then it would stop for a couple minutes. The sun would peek for a couple of minutes and then it rained again. The drastic change in weather got to me and I felt sick and was down again with the cold and cough.

We decided to go near the foot of Mount Banahaw to see the view. It was a tough tricycle ride going there. It suddenly rained again and when we decided to leave, the sky cleared and the sun was peeking through the clouds again. Papa said that that kind of weather is quite normal for those who live in Lucban, the town being located at the foot of the mountain.

We went back to the town for lunch. The rains are still unpredictable. In the afternoon, I went back to the hotel room to rest and woke up shortly before 6 for dinner. After dinner, we had a couple drinks again and then went back to our hotel rooms. The boys played poker and I just watched TV ’til I slept through it.

We bought our pasalubong before we headed for our trip back to Manila. Papa saw his “kababata” after 40 years at the hotel lobby. It’s really a small world considering that the owner of the hotel is also a friend of my father’s and the owner is also a friend of Papa’s “kababata.” It was really nice to see a reunion of old friends.

We got to Manila at around 3pm. My sister told me that she thinks she’s gonna give birth already since her contractions are already 20 minutes apart. She wasn’t panicky though, this one being her 4th child already. So I just rested for a while and then prepared the pasalubong that hubby and I will be bringing to my in-laws after the number coding has been lifted for the day.

We passed by Makati first to give to a friend an item that I needed to return to her for replacement. Then we went to Arellano Law School to claim the items that my father won in a raffle (a brand new Canon printer and a desk fan :D). And then we went to my in-laws’ office in Pasay to visit Basti and then give the goodies from our vacation.

My brother called to tell me that my sister’s contractions are already 5 minutes apart. We hurried home. I told my father that I’ll be bringing her to the public hospital since her husband doesn’t have the means to pay for her delivery and my father will be the one to shoulder the expenses. This began my harrowing experience with public hospitals.

I’ll be writing about it later when I get the chance. It’s just that I’m so tired now and I need to rest.

Birthday party and more…

I just wanna thank everyone who went to the joint birthday party that we threw for friends and family. Our house was jampacked with people and we were singing ’til the wee hours of the morning with the videoke machine that we rented. I was tired but I was very, very happy to see old friends and be with them on my special day.

I got a couple of gifts from friends who accepted my invitation and I love each of those gifts. There’s one that I could use for my coffee cravings; there’s a moisturizing hand soap that I can use everyday (and smells very good too :D); another one is a book by Mary Higgins Clark that is already in my have-to-read list; and of course, the cash from my father aside from my new gadget.

After 10.5 cases of beer, lotsa food, singing, dancing, chatting and just plain having fun, all I can say is that I’m very much thankful to God that He has never forgotten to give me all these great blessings that I have right now – the gifts of people and relationships, trials and problems that made me into the person that I am now. I’m glad that God has extended my stay here on earth and that I hope He’ll make me live long enough to see more and live more of life.

To everyone who sent me their greetings and remembered my birthday, thank you so much!!! I’m so touched! 😀

And now, life goes on…

Creepy Picture

I just wanna share with you a picture that was taken by my brother last week at their school (8/F Metropolitan Hospital College of Nursing) in Binondo, Manila. Until now ‘di kami makapaniwala sa nakuhanan ng bro ko. Sa totoo lang, sobrang kinilabutan kaming lahat. Even my father, who isn’t really into this creepy stuff, couldn’t believe it. Just to inform you wala na pong pwedeng lakaran ang tao sa labas ng bintana. If you’ll notice, nakatingin sa camera yung tinutukoy ko. Yung mga mata nya parang nanlilisik.

Bahala na po kayong humusga. Pero talagang hanggang ngayon kinikilabutan pa rin ako. I really couldn’t look at the picture after I scanned it. Sobrang kinikilabutan talaga ako. Ipagdasal na lang po natin din yung nasa picture. You can also view the full document I made at Posted by Hello

Third Level of Hell

I came across this test through Fiona’s website. I found it cool so I took it. Well, I wasn’t surprised! Hehehehehe! Kaya nga siguro ako overweight! Lolz 😀

The Dante’s Inferno Test has banished you to the Third Level of Hell!
Here is how you matched up against all the levels:

Level Score
Purgatory (Repenting Believers) Moderate
Level 1 – Limbo (Virtuous Non-Believers) Low
Level 2 (Lustful) High
Level 3 (Gluttonous) High
Level 4 (Prodigal and Avaricious) Very Low
Level 5 (Wrathful and Gloomy) Moderate
Level 6 – The City of Dis (Heretics) Very Low
Level 7 (Violent) Moderate
Level 8- the Malebolge (Fraudulent, Malicious, Panderers) Moderate
Level 9 – Cocytus (Treacherous) Low

Take the Dante’s” Inferno Test

A day before the big day…

My whole day was spent trying to learn my way around my Xda. There’s so much stuff to learn about this gadget and I guess I’m only halfway done. Nevertheless, it was a good thing for me to be recuperating and at the same time learning something new.

One thing that I have to get used to with the Xda is the fact that it’s not going to be easy for me to be texting. But anyhow, I know I’ll get used to it in the long run. I’m having second thoughts of buying the foldable keyboard that goes as an accessory. I think I would just concentrate first on buying a screen protector, a car charger and an extra battery for it as I noticed that the battery drains very quickly especially if I do a lot of things with it.

It’s only a day to go before my big day. I don’t know what will be in store for me on my big day because for one, I would have to accompany my father at the BIR head office for a big meeting as representative of the school. In the afternoon, I’ll have to go back to my ENT doctor for my check-up. Most probably I’ll just have dinner and coffee with hubby in the evening. Anyway, my brother and I are throwing a party on Saturday for our friends and family since his birthday is on Sunday. Too bad my sister isn’t here to celebrate her birthday with us. Her birthday is actually this coming Saturday.

I miss my Sweetie. Hopefully, we’ll be able to get him by Saturday morning. I just wanna make sure that I won’t be passing around any bacteria or virus to him and it’s much better that he goes back home with a well-Mommy. I really hate it when I get sick.

Now, just a thought. I’m wondering who’ll be the first one to remember my birthday on Friday. Let’s wait and see. Hehehehe!